Thomas Nechyba is Professor of Economics and Public Policy, and director of the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University. In addition to his extensive research on public finance and fiscal federalism, his studies have focused on the economics behind primary and secondary education. His investigations into these issues have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, the Spencer Foundation, the Hoover Institution, and the New Zealand Ministry of Education, the latter for a study on "The Impact of Family and Community Resources on Education Outcomes." Nechyba has also received support from the Center for Economic Policy Research for various projects concerning education and welfare policy. In addition to his individual research pursuits, Professor Nechyba is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.